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Charles Martin

Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery (Paperback)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mountain Between Us comes a powerful story about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death . . .

"Martin understands the power of story and he uses it to alter the souls and lives of both his characters and his readers . . ." --Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author

They have one summer to find what was lost long ago.

"Never settle for less than the truth," she told him.

On a stifling summer day, an old Chevy Impala ignored the warning signals and was annihilated by the oncoming train. What no one realized until much later was that the driver had paused just before entering the tracks and kicked a small boy out of the car. A small boy with broken glasses who is clutching a notebook with all his might . . . but who never speaks.

Chase Walker was one of the lucky ones. He was in foster care as a child, but he finally ended up with a family who loved him and cared for him. Now, as a journalist for the local paper, he's moved on and put the past behind him.

But when he's assigned the story of this young boy, painful, haunting questions about his own childhood begin to rise to the surface.

And as Chase Walker discovers, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive--and as magical--as chasing fireflies on a summer night.

"[C]olorful, memorable characters; Southern regional flavor that's drop-dead accurate; and lyrical, intelligent writing make Chasing Fireflies an exceptionally good read." --Aspiring Retail

"If I could use only one word to describe Chasing Fireflies it would have to be 'WOW!' From the very beginning of the book I was drawn into the story and could not put it down."


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Charles Martin
Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery
Publication Date
February, 2008
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches

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I had never heard of C...

I had never heard of Charles Martin until "Chasing Fireflies" was chosen for our book club. I loved it. It's like having fiction and self-help all in one book. My favorite Unc quotes are "Never corner something you know is meaner than you." and "You can put your boots in the oven, but that doesn't make them biscuits."

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Charles Martin introdu...

Charles Martin introduces us to an old man with a huge heart, and a shady past full of unanswered questions, a young man looking for his past, a young woman lost because of her past, and a young boy with an unknown past and an uncertain future. In a setting rich with summertime memories, splashed with the light of fireflies on warm dark nights in Georgia, he lays out a story that rings true and lands straight in your heart. Adding this to my favorites-it's why I read-a book of healing, and hope that humans however damaged can find redemption and their way home. I'm happy that my friend told me about Charles Martin, I can't wait to read more by this author.

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One of the most compe...

"One of the most compelling books I have ever read and my favorite author! You will enjoy if from Atlanta (can appreicate)...a guys book but girls will love it as well! Father/son love...well will be reading when when the sun comes up...have some tissue handy...heart-felt story making you fall in love with Unc, Chase, and all the characters...not wanting it to end and wanting more! A Must Read! "

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Yes - Five stars! This...

Yes - Five stars! This is a new favorite author of mine. I read When Crickets Cry by Martin a few years ago, and find myself thinking about it every now and then. That is the mark of a favorite, in my opinion. A book you think of, dwell on, and eventually want to read again. When you read the summary, how can you go wrong with a description like that? The characters are interesting, flawed, sympathetic. The story is compelling, intriguing, satisfying. But mostly, I love the writing. It's clear, clever, descriptive. Martin doesn't waste words and doesn't scrimp on them, either. He is everything I want in an author and I am very glad he has numerous books for me to enjoy.Highly recommended!

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I read this book while...

I read this book while on vacation in the mountains. I only had a few books with me so I was 'forced' to finish it. I've read a lot of Christian fiction, and this one was decidedly different. There wasn't any proselytizing at all. I enjoyed the story, but the end came together just a little too conveniently .


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